Day 1 in Wayanad
Banasura Sagar Dam
Banasura Sagar dam is not only a tributary of River Kabini, but also the largest earth dam in India and second largest in Asia. It is built with massive stacks of stones and boulders. The main aim of the dam is to aid with irrigation and quest the thirst for drinking water.
The name “Banasura” comes from the son of King Mahabali, one of the famous rulers of Kerala.
Some of the best activities offered here are trekking and boating in the lake. Hence, one should take this tourist place into account for 2 days Trip to Wayanad and have a memorable experience with their family.
Location: Located 21 km away from Kalpetta.
Timings: 6.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Price: Rs. 10/- per person and Rs. 450/- for speed boating (5 people).
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Lakkidi at 700 meters high is among the most tranquil hill stations in Kerala. Located in Wayanad district, it is a rainforest with an environment of pure solitude. Several hill resorts and lakes in Lakkidi dot its stunning landscape making it a perfect getaway for those wanting to relax and connect with nature.
Attractions: Pookode Lake, The Chain Tree, Lakkidi View point, Chembra peak, Thusharagiri waterfalls, Heart lake, Puliyarmala Jain Temple, Wondercaves, St Joseph’s Church, Kuruva Island.
Activities: Chembra peak trek, Hiking, visit to Wayanad Tea Museum, boating, bamboo rafting
Average temperature: Summer 25°C to 35° C. Winter 15° to 25°
Best season: October to May
Getting there: Lakkidi is 85 kms from Calicut airport Kozhikode by cab/car. State buses are available from Bangalore and Cochin.
If you have already a list of places to visit in Wayanad in 2 days, check it includes Pookode Lake as well, or else your tour won’t be fully satisfied. Pookode Lake is a must-visit travel attraction, right from solo wanderers to adventure seekers, family trippers to honeymooners, where anyone can enjoy this pristine beauty of the lake.
Nestled between evergreen forests, this beautiful freshwater lake is completely perfect for a boat ride with your loved ones. Interestingly, Pethia Pookodensis is a type of cyprind fish, found here only.
Location: Pookode Lake, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala, 673121, India.
Timings: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Price: Rs. 20/- for adults and Rs. 10 for children.
Chembra Peak has an amalgamation of picturesque beauty and an adventurous trip. Located at a height of 2,100 m above sea level, it stands as one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats. For trekkers, this green paradise awaits you to surprise in the middle of the trail. On the way to the peak, you can witness a heart-shaped lake, the best part of this trek.
Once you reach the peak, your eyes get mesmerized with numerous panoramic views, and it gives you a surreal experience. Hence, Chembra Peak is among the adventurous places to visit in Wayanad in 2 days time.
Location: Near the town of Meppadi and is 8 km (5 mi) south of Kalpetta
Timings: 7.00 am to 5.00 pm. (for trekking one must reach before 2.00 pm)
Price: For trekking, it is Rs. 500/- for Indians and Rs. 1000/- for foreigners.
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Flowing over three tiers of rocky hills, the Meenmutty Falls begin from a height of over 800 feet. The first tier can be reached conveniently after walking for about half a kilometre. The second one needs to be trekked to, and even if you aren’t a fan of treks, the picturesque views around make the journey worth it.
The third tier might require immense effort as you tread along slippery rocks and walk through, holding onto thick ropes. Once at the top, the views of surrounding valleys is absolutely astounding. The mesmerising sight of the Banasura Sagar Dam and the falls in their full glory is what makes this tourist spot a favourite among the waterfalls near Mysore.
Location: Padinjarathara, Kerala 673122
Distance From Mysore: 134 Kms (4 hours)
Height: 984 feet.
Day 2 in Wayanad
Although the Jain Temple is an important pilgrimage center for Jains, it is visited by people of all faiths. The temple is a fine exposition of Jain architecture. Located near to Sulthan Bathery, the place of worship is alternatively called as the Ananthanatha Swami Shrine. A salubrious spiritual spot, it is an amazing experience to visit the temple set amidst naturalistic delights.
The temple was built to commemorate the spiritual activities and achievements of Ananthanatha Swami, who was a Jain saint. It is also known as Tipu’s Fort given that Tipu Sultan used the temple to store his ammunition. During his reign the place of worship was used as a fort as well as an arsenal. It is quite a contradiction to note that now this place is a spiritual center.
Believed to be constructed in the thirteenth century, the Jain temple has an unmatched ambience. The peace and tranquility is palpable. The excellent architecture evokes feelings of joy. The inside of the temple is even cooler, quieter, and intriguing. The inner portions of the temple are excellently architected as well.
Located 1,200 m above sea level on Ambukutty Mala, it portrays the nature’s ability and philosophy of architecture. The term ‘Edakkal’ means ‘a stone in between’. This tourist spot is famous for its pictorial paintings which is roughly 6000 B.C. old and it is one of the best Wayanad places to visit in 2 days.
This ideal place is popular among western travellers who visit here at least once.
Location: Nenmeni, Kerala 673595
Timings: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (closed on every Monday)
Price: Rs. 20/- per head, Rs. 40/- for foreigners and Rs. 70/- for Jeep Shuttle.
A paradise in heaven, Sulthan Bathery hosts a number of fun and exciting activities including an enormous shopping point, largest in Wayanad, popular Jain Temple and the Jumma Masjid that has the capacity to hold more than 1000 devotees. Resorts, government bungalows and hotels here make an excellent option for a long stay. Overall, the town is one of the best places near Wayanad.
Activities: Shopping, Dining, Religious places visit, Staying
Location: Sultan Bathery
Distance From Bangalore: 261 Km, 5Hr 37Min
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, prominent for its rich flora and fauna. Here one can easily spot an elephant, spotted deer, bison, tiger, cheetah, and wild bear. Between places to visit in Wayanad in 2 days interval, one should not miss this great Wildlife Sanctuary.
Since its inception in 1973, the Sanctuary is sharing borders with the protected areas of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka (northeast) and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu (southeast). For animal lovers and nature enthusiasts, the Forest Department arranges an Elephant ride which gives them an ample opportunity to go deep into the forest.
Location: Muthanga, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala
Timings: 7.00 am – 5.00 pm.
Price: Rs. 10/- for adults, Rs. 5/- for children, and Rs. 100/- for foreigners.
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An ancient temple which is famous all over Kerala and other states of India is Thirunelli Temple located in Wayanad on the side of Brahmagiri hills. It is dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu. One of the major features of the temple is its location at an altitude of around 900 meters in a valley completely bounded by mountains and forest ranges.
But it is one of the most visited pilgrim centre in Wayanad and an important religious place for the majority of population in South India. The name Thirunelli comes from the words nelli which is given to the tree of gooseberry.
There is also a belief that there are Puranas in which the temple is mentioned. There are a lot of legends existing related to this temple which are coming from the ancient mythology texts of Hindus.
Activities: Sightseeing, pilgrimage etc.
Location: North Wayanad, Thirunelly Road, Thirunelly, Kerala 670646.
Distance from Bangalore: 257.7 kilometers.
Day 3 in Wayanad
Bamboo is found abundantly in Muthanga and several other places in Wayanad. The Muthanga Bamboo Forest is a well-known tourist spot and a place where several bamboos are exported. The plant is said to have many benefits and considered a good alternative to wood. Also, it has been scientifically proven that bamboo cultivation accentuates soil fertility.
Surrounding the farm there are several souvenir stores that you can visit when on Wayanad tour packages. It is here that you can buy some bamboo handicraft items.
Soochipara Falls Trek
Descending from a height of 656 feet the Soochipara or Sentinel Rock Falls gives a breath-taking sight you cannot miss to enrapture. Though it is a difficult trek even for the experienced trekker, reaching the summit after climbing up through the waterfall is not just a worthy excursion but one you can flaunt too and it is one of the best Wayanad trekking places.
The grass turns greener when the monsoon strikes in, giving the trekkers a breathtaking sight. Raging three-tiered waterfalls, rough terrains, and alpine forests, this trekking excursion has it all for a nerve-racking extravaganza.
Best Season: Monsoon Season
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Phantom Rock, locally called as “Cheengeri Mala” or “Thalappara”, is one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. This skull-shaped rock draws a large number of backpackers, especially solo travellers and nature admirers and it is one of the best Wayanad places to visit in 2 days.
Location:located at Kumbleri, Kerala 673591
Timings: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Price: Entry is Free.
Trek Your Way to Thusharagiri Waterfalls
This waterfall is located in Kerala’s Kozhikode district and famous for being one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Malabar region. Thusharagiri Waterfalls is also one of the most tourist attractions in Wayanad.
Literally meaning ‘snow-capped mountains,’ Thusharagiri is formed by two streams that originate from the Western Ghats and meet to form the Chalippuzha River, which then diverges into three waterfalls. The area where these falls lie are known as the ‘trekker’s paradise’ hence, a great place for those who enjoy trekking and rock climbing.
Height: 75 meters.
Location: Near Wayanad in the Kozhikode district.
How to reach: Private transportation from Kodencheri village, which you can reach by frequent bus services from Kozhikode.
Best time to visit: September to December.
Nearest city: Kodencheri(6 km).
Wayanad Heritage Museum
Featured with rare artifacts taken from Ambalavayal, Sultan Bathery, and the forests, Wayanad Heritage Museum carries a great archaeological and anthropological relevance. To have a clear picture, the collected exhibits are placed in four different blocks – Veerasmruthi, Gothrasmruthi, Devasmruthi, and Jeevanasmruthi. Each has its own uniqueness filled with innumerable facts.
Many family tourists with children will flock together to see these old-fashioned implements of tribal life, and get admired by the ancient artefacts. If you’re more excited, want to know the chronological order? You can also visit a multi-media theatre near the Museum which depicts the early pre-historic period starting from the Stone Age.
Location: Located at Government Hospital Road, Ambalavayal, Wayanad, Kerala.
Timings: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Price: Rs. 20/- for adults and Rs. 10/- for children.